In Ventura County, we essentially get summer all year round. Since our weather is almost always perfect, we have to do something else to differentiate the seasons. An abundance of fun local events make the summer stand out. You don’t have to wait until June, either! That California Strawberry Festival is just around the corner. This delicious – and deliciously fun – event lands in Oxnard, CA May 19th and 20th.
Ventura County is known for its incredible produce. Visit any farmers’ market and you’ll find a huge range of ripe and flavorful fruits and veggies. None of them mark the summer season quite like strawberries, though. If you want to sample all the flavors of the season, the California Strawberry Festival is the place to be.
The main reason to visit the Strawberry Festival is for (surprise!) the impressive array of strawberry-based food. There are the standards you’d expect, like strawberry shortcake and funnel cake with strawberries. But there are also some unexpected flavor pairings, like strawberry beer, strawberry nachos, and strawberry pizza. Whether you’re looking to expand your flavor palate or have a picky kid you want to try something new, the festival can take your tastebuds on a trip.
Speaking of the kids, there’s a ton for them to enjoy at this event. They can visit Strawberryland for hours of magic shows and exciting carnival rides. Make sure to stick around for a while so they have the chance to see Strawberry Shortcake when she makes her appearance.
Don’t worry, there’s entertainment for the adults, too. The California Strawberry Festival has three stages filled with musical entertainment throughout the event. And if you’ve got a competitive streak, you’re in luck. There are a number of contests, from your standard relay to a battle of the bands to a strawberry hat competition.
Of course, no food-based festival would be complete without an eating contest. Come hungry to throw your hat into the ring at the strawberry pie eating competitions, held each day at 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Do you have what it takes to win?
In 2018, the festival celebrates its 35th year. With three and a half decades under its belt, you can bet it knows how to deliver fun for the whole family.
The festival is aptly held at Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033). It runs from 10 am to 6:30 pm each day. You can find a full schedule of events on their website.
Tickets range from $5 for kids to $12 for general admission. If you haven’t already snapped up your ticket to this fun and flavorful event, grab yours today!
Part of the reason I love helping people find homes in Ventura County is because I know it has so many great local events to offer. If you want to be a part of this community and join us for a summer of fun, call me today! I’m committed to helping people find their dream homes in this dream area.